92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Inky ruby. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet presents dark berry compote, cherry pit, black tea and candied violet. Smoky, spicy and penetrating, with strong lift and punch to its blueberry and cherry-cola flavors. The smoky note carries through an impressively long, sweet and gently tannic finish. If 2011 is supposed to have made weak-kneed wines then this one didn't get the memo.
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